Haitian singer Mikaben dies on stage in Paris

Haïtian singer Mikaben dies on stage in Paris


Haitian singer Michael Benjamin, known by the stage name Mikaben, died Saturday evening during a concert at the Accor Arena in Paris, victim of a malaise at the age of 41 , announced the performance hall on Sunday. 

Mikaben, who performed with the Haitian music group kompa Carimi, “died following an illness on stage and despite the emergency response,” the Accor Arena team said on Twitter, saying it was “terribly affected” by this news.

The concert was interrupted and the hall was then evacuated, according to several testimonies.

According to videos posted on social media, the singer suddenly collapsed when leaving the stage in full swing.< /p>

He had been invited by the group Carimi, formed in the 2000s, on the occasion of a unique concert in France.

“He is a great reference in Haitian music that has just passed away. The country and Haitian youth have lost a beautiful soul,” Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry tweeted on Sunday.

Born in Port-au-Prince in 1981 and son of singer Lionel Benjamin, Mikaben was a singer , composer and producer. He had performed several hit songs with the group Carimi, including “Baby I Missed You” or “Fanm sa Move”.